Help for Heroes

Fr Roger Dawson SJ, the pedalling padre,  has just finished cycling 350 miles through Europe in this year's Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2017, an annual fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes.  This year nearly 200 cyclists rode from Tournai on the Belgium border, up through Eindhoven and Nijmegen to Arnhem, following the route of the 1944 British Operation Market Garden. Fr Roger explained its significance, ‘This bold airborne operation aimed to capture key bridges and bring about...
Roger Dawson SJ in 2015 at Omaha beach, Normandy
Fr Roger Dawson SJ is about to embark on his seventh year as the “pedalling padre”, taking part in the annual Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Ride as official chaplain to the battlefield pilgrims.Fr Dawson, who was an officer with the Royal Green Jackets before joining the Jesuits, commented “The battlefield ride is a secular pilgrimage in which the cyclists face the big questions of meaning, purpose and suffering in our lives and our shared history. I am there to help them....
Roger Dawson SJ, chaplain to the Help for Heroes bike ride
Last Monday a candle was lit at the Parc du Cinquantenaire  in Brussels.  This flame has burnt in the Chapel of the Resurrection over this last week as we have cycled from Brussels to where the first shot of the First World War was fired, through the Somme battlefields, past Compiegne where the Armistice was signed in 1918 to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.  We have passed through places of great beauty and peace, which once were scenes of devastation and horror.  We have...
Jesuit chaplain, Fr Roger Dawson SJ, was among the 1000+ cyclists who brought central London to a halt yesterday afternoon, as they completed the 2014 Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride from Brussels to Paris through the First World War battlefields.The final stage involved the cyclists, along with hundreds of well-wishers and volunteers, riding from Blackheath to a ceremony at the Centotaph in Whitehall before cycling down the Mall to finish at Horseguards Parade. They were met by...
Fr Roger Dawson SJ is back in the saddle this week to be the Chaplain - or the 'Pedalling Padre' - to the Help for Heroes Battlefield Bike Ride. This annual event involves cycling from Brussels to London, with the aim of raising in excess of £500,000 for wounded servicemen and women. As his contribution, Roger is hoping to raise at least £2,600."This is the fifth time I have been chaplain to the Help for Heroes Battlefield Bike Ride," says Roger who hopes people...
My background is not really typical.  I was an infantry officer in the British Army for eight years, and if someone had told me when I went to Sandhurst that one day I would be a Jesuit priest I would have laughed at the absurdity of the idea.  If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans … I then left the Army, went to Durham to read psychology, and then went on to Newcastle University to train as a clinical psychologist.  I worked in the NHS for six years in adult...